Ed Ames

Biography: Ed's parents, Sonia and David Urick, were Russian Jews who immigrated to Massachusetts. Ed is the youngest of nine children (5 boys: Mac, Gene, Vic, Joe, Ed and 4 girls: Edith, Clare, Min, Sue). Growing up in a poor family, the children's lives were enriched by an education of classical and operatic music along with Shakespeare and other classic literature.
Although quite athletic, it was music that was the future destiny of four of the brothers, Joe (b. 5/3/21), Gene (b. 2/13/1923, d. cancer 1997), Vic (b. 5/20/1925, d. car accident 1/23/1978). While Ed was still in high school ( Boston Latin School) the brothers formed a quartet. As amateurs they won almost all of the contests in the Boston area that they entered.
Joe, on scholarship, went to UCLA. The three other brothers and their friend (cousin?) Lennie Kaufman formed the Amory Brothers quartet. Amory was Vic's middle name. A year or so latter Joe rejoined his brothers. The brothers went to New York. They
Ed's parents, Sonia and David Urick, were Russian Jews who immigrated to Massachusetts. Ed is the youngest of nine children (5 boys: Mac, Gene, Vic, Joe, Ed and 4 girls: Edith, Clare, Min, Sue). Growing up in a poor family, the children's lives were enriched by an education of classical and operatic music along with Shakespeare and other classic literature.
Although quite athletic, it was music that was the future destiny of four of the brothers, Joe (b. 5/3/21), Gene (b. 2/13/1923, d. cancer 1997), Vic (b. 5/20/1925, d. car accident 1/23/1978). While Ed was still in high school ( Boston Latin School) the brothers formed a quartet. As amateurs they won almost all of the contests in the Boston area that they entered.
Joe, on scholarship, went to UCLA. The three other brothers and their friend (cousin?) Lennie Kaufman formed the Amory Brothers quartet. Amory was Vic's middle name. A year or so latter Joe rejoined his brothers. The brothers went to New York. They were hired by bandleader Art Mooney. It was playwright and entertainer Abe Burroughs who suggested that they shorten their name to the Ames Brothers.

Because of the Musician Unions ban of 1948 the first records that they recorded for Decca were never released. After the ban they were signed with the new label Coarl Records. Their first major hit was the double sided 1950's "Rag Mop" and "Sentimental Me". They continued to have Top 40 hits throughout the 50's including: "You, You, You", "Man with a Banjo", "It Only Hurts for a Little While", "Melodie D'Amour" and "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane". Also during this time the Ames Brothers made many radio and TV appearances. Including their own 15 min. show in 1955. This show was a sit com and was the first syndicated program. It was sent to foreign countries for broadcasting.

In 1960 the brothers chose to go in different directions. Ed's decision may have been precipitated when his daughter announced he was home. When his wife at the time asked, who. His daughter responded "One of the Ames Brothers."
Ed wanted to become an actor so he attended the Herbert Berghof Acting School. In 1961 he won the part of 'John Proctor' in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". Although this production was off Broadway, he was soon on Broadway as El Gallo in "The Fantasticks," and Paul Berthalet in "Carnival". He also was in the national touring company of "Carnival" again with his Broadway co-star Anna Maria Alberghetti. In the non musical role of the Native American Chief Broaden in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" costarring Kirk Douglas, Ed was a critical and popular success. He was so successful that this led to his part of Mingo, an Oxford Educated Native American, and good fiend to Daniel Boone. He played Mingo from 1964-1968 in the "Daniel Boone" series.
During this time he returned to singing. His first solo major hit was "Try to Remember". Ed gives his appearance on the "Johnny Carson Show" singing this song much of the credit for helping in its popularity. Ed's singing and the song was such a hit Ed came back every night for the rest of the week to sing another song.
This naturally leads to the legendary performance on "the Carson Show" of April 29, 1965. Ed showing of his expertise with a tomahawk, threw it at a silhouette of a man. The tomahawk landed squarely in the outlined crotch. After much laughter (still considered by many as the longest in TV history). Carson turned to Ed and said, "I didn't even know you were Jewish."
His other major hits are 1966 "Time, Time, Time,"1967 "My Cup,Runneth Over', a top 10 hit, and 1968 "Who Will Answer?".
He has continued to perform in plays: "South Pacific" "Man of La Mancha", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Shenandoah", "Camelot". "Carousel", and "Romeo and Juliet." Ed also has made many TV guest appearances. He continues to do concert appearances.

Ed has many other interest:
In 1975 He graduated with highest honor from UCLA. It is no surprise that his major was theater and cinema arts.
He continued his interest in athletics, particularly tennis and skiing.
He speaks several languages.
He is an Abraham Lincoln Scholar
Traveled for the State Department to the Far East to encourage environmental and ecological interest.
Worked with American and Russian marine biologist in the same areas.
Generous with his time and energy to charitable causes such as ecology, the enviroment and political fairness in relation to the plight of Native Americans.
He is currently on his horse ranch in Utah.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Ed Sullivan Show: Season 22 Sep 28, 1969 Himself tbd
tbd The Ed Sullivan Show: Season 21 Sep 29, 1968 Himself tbd
tbd Daniel Boone: Season 4 Sep 14, 1967 Mingo / Mingo (Opening Credits Only) tbd
tbd The Ed Sullivan Show: Season 20 Sep 10, 1967 Himself tbd
tbd Daniel Boone: Season 3 Sep 15, 1966 Mingo / Mingo (Opening Credits Only) tbd
tbd Daniel Boone: Season 2 Sep 16, 1965 Mingo tbd
tbd The Ed Sullivan Show: Season 18 Sep 12, 1965 Himself tbd
tbd Daniel Boone: Season 1 Sep 24, 1964 Mingo (Opening Credits Only) / Mingo / Taramingo tbd
tbd The Ed Sullivan Show: Season 12 Sep 20, 1959 Himself tbd